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How to dispose of rubbish in Oxford

27 January 2023

5 ways to dispose of rubbish & bulky waste in Oxford

Are you looking for advice on how to dispose of rubbish in Oxford? You’re in the right place! We’ve created the ultimate guide to bulky waste removal in Oxford for any junk like sofas, furniture, appliances or DIY rubbish (anything too big for your bins). The key sections in this article are:

  1. Reuse options in Oxford
  2. Oxford council bulky waste collection service
  3. Man & van collectors, including how to find a good one in Oxford plus example prices
  4. Skip hire Oxford plus local providers, prices and permit fees
  5. Local recycling centres in Oxford


1. Reuse options in Oxford

There are plenty of options for reuse in Oxford and the great thing is that most of them are free. Below are some popular reuse charities and social enterprises in Oxford. They accept bulkier second hand items, like furniture and appliances.

Reuse organisation Address
Emmaus Oxford Store  242 Barns Rd, Oxford OX4 3RQ
Richard Fords – used furniture 72A Windmill Rd, Headington, Oxford OX3 7BZ
Helen & Douglas House Charity Shop 14 Windmill Rd, Headington, Oxford OX3 7BX
British Heart Foundation – furniture & electrical 32 Saint Ebbe’s St, Oxford OX1 1PU

Note that charities require fire labels to still be attached to any upholstered furniture. If yours doesn’t have any, and you don’t find another reuse solution, check out Furniture Removal Oxford.



2. Oxford city council bulky waste collection service

Oxford city council offers a bulky waste collection service for items that don’t fit in your wheelie bins. They will collect bulky furniture, household electrical items and white goods. For a full list of what that does and doesn’t include, see the council’s page here.

Cost of the collection service: 

To get rid of 1 large item, it costs £20-£30. See how the council charges here.

Concessions: 50% discount available to those receiving government housing benefits.

More details: to book a bulky waste collection, call the council on 01865 249811. The website doesn’t state how many items they can take at once, so ask on the phone if you have a lot of stuff. If you have too much waste for the council, see your options below.


3. Licensed man and van waste collectors

An alternative to the Oxford city council service is hiring a licensed man & van rubbish collector. There are a few advantages to this option:

  • Faster response time
  • They usually collect all waste, including most of the council’s prohibited items
  • Man & van collectors can take rubbish from inside your property. Helpful if you can’t lift or move the items outside yourself


Cheapest licensed rubbish removal in Oxford

Find a local, fully licensed rubbish in Oxford using the LoveJunk marketplace. Getting rid of your items is really easy. All you need to do is take a picture of your unwanted stuff, choose a collection time and publish your listing. A nearby licensed waste carrier gives a no-obligation quote to remove it. If your item is reusable, a reuser can come and pick it up for free. Either way, you’ll get rid of your item responsibly. It’s free to use the LoveJunk platform and the marketplace is recommended by many councils around the country.



Examples prices for man & van rubbish removal Oxford

Hiring a man & van tends to be more expensive than the council service. The exact price depends on the type and amount of waste you have, as well as the date and time you want it collected. See LoveJunk’s rubbish removal prices tool for the latest jobs around the country, or find below some past jobs in Oxford.


Sofa, £70

Bricks & cement, £105

Bathroom tiles, £120

Piano, £120

Christmas tree, £30

Hippo bag DIY waste, £100


4. Skip hire Oxford

Skips are useful if you have messy waste or rubble to dispose of. Unlike man & van collectors, though, you’ll need to load the skip yourself. Skip prices are fixed so it doesn’t matter how full or empty the skip is, you’ll pay the same. It’s usually much more expensive to hire a skip because of additional permit and license fees. 


Oxford skip hire companies

We recommend local licensed companies when looking to hire a skip. Here are some of the main skip hire companies operating in Oxford:

M&M Waste Solutions 01865 880559
Aasvogel Recycling & Skip Hire 01235 760555
Oxford mini skips 07766 525589
PMT Skip Hire Oxford 01865 950923


Skip hire prices in Oxford

Here are the typical skip hire prices (including VAT) for a mixed general waste skip in Oxford. Prices reflect a hire period of 14 days. They do not include the cost of necessary skip permits or parking bay suspensions.

Builder skip: 8 cubic yard skip @ £305-£360

Maxi skip: 10-12 cubic yard skip @ £470



Skip Permits and Bay Suspensions

To place a skip on the road or in a parking bay (as opposed to on your drive, for example), you need a skip permit license and/ or a controlled parking zone (CPZ) suspension permit. If you need one of these, your skip hire company deals with the application. Just be aware of the extra costs.

Skip license Oxford: £140 per month, £140 to extend one month.

CPZ Bay Suspension in Oxford: £30 + VAT for 2 day, £10 + VAT for every following day.


5. Oxford recycling centre sites

The Oxford recycling centre is called Redbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) and is located at Old Abingdon Rd, OX1 4XG. It is open 8am-5pm Monday – Sunday throughout the year, except for Christmas and New Year.

Oxford residents are entitled to use any recycling centre in Oxfordshire county. There are 7 in total:

  • Alkerton HWRC, Stratford Road, Alkerton, Near Banbury, OX15 6HZ
  • Ardley Fields HWRC, Brackley Road, Ardley, OX27 7PH
  • Dix Pit HWRC, Linch Hill, Stanton Harcourt, OX29 5BB (Sat nav use OX29 5UX)
  • Drayton HWRC, Steventon Road, Drayton, Near Abingdon, OX14 4LA
  • Oakley Wood HWRC, Old Icknield Way, Crowmarsh, Near Wallingford, OX10 6PW
  • Redbridge HWRC, Old Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4XG
  • Stanford in the Vale HWRC, Faringdon Road, Stanford in the Vale, Faringdon, SN7 8LD


Map of Oxford tips

oxford recycling centre map



Thanks for reading! We hope you found our how to dispose of rubbish in Oxford guide useful. For further reading, check out our ultimate rubbish removal guide: How to Dispose of Rubbish.


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